Fernando Alonso will miss the first test of 2013 in Jerez, leaving the new Ferrari to Felipe Massa and Pedro de la Rosa.
Ferrari has opted for continuity – and the chance to give Massa some useful early mileage – by giving him the first three days of the Jerez test. De la Rosa will do the last, primarily to give him experience of the real car before he focuses on the developing the simulator programme.
Alonso will get his chance at the second test in Barcelona, where he will drive for three days before handing over to Massa.
At the second Barcelona test the two drivers will alternate, running two days apiece.
Ferrari also confirmed that the new car’s engine was fired up for the first time yesterday.